(CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney won the Northern Mariana Islands caucuses early Saturday, picking up nine delegates as well as his second victory of the weekend in a distant U.S. territory located on the other side of the International Date Line.
The former Massachusetts governor garnered 87% of the vote in a non-binding presidential preference poll conducted at the caucuses. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was a distant second with 6%, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul who each received 3%.
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“I was so pleased to talk with Mitt Romney yesterday and it was clear from that conversation he will not forgot us here in the [Northern Mariana Islands],” said Gov. Benigno Fitial, the chairman of the local Republican Party and head of the Islands’ delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa. “I encourage the hundreds of thousands of Pacific Islanders living in the Continental U.S. to follow our lead and please support Governor Mitt Romney in the coming months.”
Earlier this week, Romney’s son Matt campaigned in Saipan, the territory’s largest island, and in Guam, which also held caucuses Saturday. Romney picked up all nine delegates from that event as well.
“Now the voters of the Northern Mariana Islands—nearly 8,000 miles from Washington, D.C.—have spoken,” the Republican presidential front-runner said in a statement after the victory. “And what they’ve said today is that they want to bring change to their beautiful islands by bringing change to our nation’s capital.”
The vote in the Northern Marianas marked the second of four presidential contests slated for Saturday. The GOP presidential field will also face off in caucuses in Kansas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.